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    and didn't consider what he was doing (at least in the 1920's) to be "art".
    And yet, these portraits are in the pictorialist tradition.

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    Wonder why he always has the bride in front of a picture frame? Looks like he showcased the groom.
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    A signed portrait by Edward Weston is precious, a negative may be priceless. Very special to have this in your family history, thanks for sharing here!
    BTW, that couch in the other pic looks familiar, perhaps the photo was taken in his studio? Weston's daybooks are a good read with many insights into the photographic process. He had much passion for the art, tragic that that he could not continue to photograph in his final years.

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    While cleaning out my dad's house a few years back, I came across box upon box of prints, negatives (glass plate and film), and transparencies going back to the late 1800s. The "gem" of the collection is my grandparents' wedding photo, by Edward Weston. (My grandparents lived in Tropico, a small town between Glendale and Los Angeles, not too far from Weston's early studio.) In addition to the signed print, I have a box of glass plate negatives from the same photo session.
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    Found! My parents. They both have passed and I got some of the photographs.

    Can anyone identify my mother's trailer and WW2 LA home? The smiles are just after marriage in Las Vegas. They were a couple from age 15.

    She paid $600 for it and lived in a parking lot while father shipped out. In the corners of the pic, you can see trailers parked everywhere.

    Mother worked some sort of 'Rosie the Riveter' factory job, as millions did.

    Father was severely wounded in France and spent a year in various hospitals in Europe. All he would say was he never saw the enemy and got hit by a mortar shell.

    Mom and dad by moe.randy, on Flickr

    Mom by moe.randy, on Flickr

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    I don't normally buy random photos in antique stores. I don't find old, faded prints particularly compelling. However, today I found a big pile of negatives for 25c apiece. I picked through them and grabbed a dozen interesting ones.

    I used my laptop backlight to grab a quick cell phone pic since I am travelling, of two frames:



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    They are addictive.

    My old factory had a truck full of discarded slide and prints of all the employees. Most shot by pros. Waiting for destruction in my one bay garage, inside the factory.

    I spent 8 paid hours looking at them.

    They were of people I knew at all ages as they aged from children at company picnics to old retirees.

    'They' had decided to upgrade to digital and toss all history.

    Digital at that time still was crap. The newsletter vastly degraded.

    I kept a few...
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    The nicest I found so far in a couple of boxes of glass negatives and celluloid negatives (all 9x12) is this one:



    There are quite a lot of these holiday snaps in the boxes but this one is relatively easy to put an approximate age on. The plane is the René Couzinet type 33 "Biarritz". It made its maiden flight 25 november 1931 and crashed 30 october 1933. I have a feeling this would be made on the beach at Biarritz, the city that sponsored its building and it was named for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    +1. What a tremendous story and great accompannying photographs to share.

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    Thanks guys!

    They had a good run. He 87 years and she 95.

    Born a day apart, mother older.
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